Woodworking is an awesome hobby that leaves you open to so many different options that it could never get old. If you find that you are in a rut when it comes to the skills that you have you should read the article below. It is full of ideas that can bring new elements into the work that you do.
Consider making sanding blocks yourself that you can reuse time and again. Use your scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood and cut as many blocks as you need for the sandpaper grits you use the most. You want them to measure about two and half inches by four and a half. Use spray adhesive on both the cork tile square and your blocks. Place one block onto the cork and make sure the cork is cut flush with a sharp knife. You can then spray adhesive on some sandpaper and place it on the corks. At the end, trim the sandpaper and label each block.
Try out some gel stain next time you are staining furniture items. Stains that are liquid will run when you apply them and the gel stains are going to stick to your wood better. Not only that, but gel stains tend to be thicker than liquid, so that the pigment is consistent, which makes for a more even stain on vertical and horizontal pieces.
When you install your hacksaw blade, make sure the teeth face forward. They are designed to cut when pushed using a forward stroke instead of a pulled stroke. Some of these blades have arrows pointing toward the handles that show the correct way to install them. Install it making sure it is tight and cannot bend. When you do lots of cutting, your blade heats up and expands, so make sure you tighten it before it begins bending.
One of the necessary tools for woodworking is the common pencil. Pencils do get lost easily, however. Buy plenty, then store them in an old instant soup container. Fill the container with sawdust and drill holes in the lid. You’ll now have plenty of pencils and the container won’t tip over easily.
Always follow the owner’s manual when using one of your woodworking tools. Not knowing the manual’s recommendations can result in injury or failure of your tool, and you surely do not want either of these to happen to you. If you have not yet read your manuals do so right away!
Stir, never shake stains and finishes before use. Over time, these settle, so mixing is necessary. Shaking, however, adds bubbles and doesn’t always mix the stain or finish thoroughly. Stirring mixes the products better by evenly mixing in any settlement that occurred during storage. Stains and finishes that are not mixed thoroughly will not apply correctly to the wood you’re staining and are at risk of looking blotchy.
Only cut using sharp tools. Older and dull tools result in tear-outs and even chipping, which is frustrating and a waste of time. Sharp tools means you get clean cuts quickly. You’ll also spend a lot less time sanding things to get just the right look and fit that you need.
Never cut any pieces of wood without checking for nails, screws and other metal. While donning a pair of goggles keeps your eyes protected, you are still at risk for other injuries. Inspect every piece of wood whether you are re-purposing it or using new lumber. You are better safe than sorry with this safety tip, and checking the boards only takes a few minutes of your time.
Now that you have read the article above you surely have realized that you have so much more available to work with than you thought before. The key to keeping your hobby interesting is to continue to learn about your options, just as you have by reading the above article. Now get out there are put the above tips to work.